Cory Hepola is a dynamic leader with a mission to empower and inspire others. By staying constantly curious, showing a desire to actively listen, and collaborating for innovative solutions, Cory ignited a 3rd party run for Governor of Minnesota through a positive message of unified progress. For his industrious service to others, Cory’s won multiple Emmy Awards, been named “Twin Cities Business 100: The People To Know,” and has received the young alumni’s highest honor from Concordia College.

Cory believes in the power of connection, having developed a healthy leadership model titled the “Culture of WE.” It’s a model that creates psychological safety for individuals to feel comfortable to share by encouraging multiple perspectives, validating different voices, and building relationships through vulnerability. 

To support organizations and leaders, Cory created “The 3 BC’s: Be Curious, Be Courageous, Be Compassionate,” a critical thinking road map to service by identifying our purpose, pinpointing barriers and discovering the courage to overcome them, and promoting a plan for action. (To schedule Cory for a speaking engagement CLICK HERE).

Born and raised in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, Cory is the Host, Writer, and Co-Producer of “Rural By Choice,” a docuseries showcasing the pride and principle behind Minnesotans who choose to live in rural communities. Season 1 of “Rural By Choice” gained hundreds of thousands of views, was selected into the 2021 Twin Cities Film Festival, and was prominently displayed in New York City’s prestigious Times Square. The series has been picked up for a Season 2 (debuting Fall 2022).

Before that, for nearly a decade, Cory was a staple in the Minnesota media landscape, earning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding TV Anchor at KARE 11 (2016, 2018), creating and hosting his own daily show on iconic WCCO Radio, and being named “100 People To Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine.

For recognition of his diligence, Hepola was honored in February 2022  by Concordia College with the “Sent Forth Award,” which is presented “to a young alumni who has made an impact early in their career, emphasizing service to others and demonstrating a strong vocational commitment.”

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